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Mrs Cox and Ms Simpson by Barbara Taylor-Bradford

The bestselling novelist recalls two teachers who inspired her first steps in writing

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There are teachers, and there are teachers. There are those who simply teach you history or geography or maths or whatever. And there are teachers who go that bit further. That’s what Mrs Cox did. And, in her own way, also Miss Simpson.

I started out at Christ Church CofE Primary School, in the suburb of Leeds I grew up in. Many, many years later, I was getting my honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Leeds at the same time as Alan Bennett. At the ceremony, we were being interviewed. Suddenly the interviewer said: “By the way, aside from being writers, you’ve got something else ...

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